Grantee Spotlight: The Carter Center

For more than 35 years, the Carter Center Educational Programs has worked to develop an informed and skilled work force committed to advancing peace and health worldwide. A generous contribution from the George Family Foundation aids in this mission, providing travel support for those interns who get to see the Center’s work in action, while witnessing humanitarianism firsthand.

 Hannah Park, an intern this past fall, assisted Democracy Program staff as they prepared to monitor the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Tunisia.   

Spending five weeks in country over the course of two separate trips, Park stepped directly into the action in Tunis, disseminating packets to participants explaining anything from a breakdown of the candidates to information about polling center locations. 

Park recalls, “I had never traveled in this capacity before. In Tunisia, I got to see the Center’s work on the ground, day-by-day, moment-by-moment.”

“And looking back now, these trips were one of the most transformative and impactful parts of my internship. They shed a light on the amount of hard work, flexibility, and effort that goes into making election monitoring missions work on the ground.”

Park was able to serve as an integral part of the Carter Center efforts to build stronger democratic institutions abroad and ensure equity of opinion. The Center hopes she uses these memories as fuel to build hope for a brighter, more equitable future.

Hannah Park, Carter Center intern, standing outside a polling station in Tunis, Tunisia. Photo credit: The Carter Center/Ron Borden